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Ni-NTA Spin Kit

For fast, small-scale purification of His-tagged proteins, includes spin columns, reagents, buffers, and control plasmid

  • Up to 300 μg His-tagged protein per column in as few as 15 minutes
  • Purification under native and denaturing conditions
  • Up to 95% homogeneity in one step
  • Ready-to-use spin columns for rapid automated or manual processing

Ni-NTA silica combines Ni-NTA with a macroporous silica support material optimized to suppress nonspecific hydrophobic interactions. The Ni-NTA Columns in the Spin Kit provide Ni-NTA silica in a convenient microspin format for easy preparation of multiple samples in parallel. They provide a simple method for functional screening of engineered proteins, selection of clones expressing full-length translation products, and comparison of expression levels. Each spin column can purify up to 300 µg of His-tagged protein. Like all Ni-NTA matrices, Ni-NTA spin columns can be used for one-step protein purification under native or denaturing conditions. The Ni-NTA Spin Kit is a complete kit for spin purification of His-tagged proteins. It can be automated on the QIAcube.

Cat No./ID: 31314
Ni-NTA Spin Kit (50)
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50 Ni-NTA Spin Columns, Reagents, Buffers, Collection Tubes, 1 μg Control Expression Plasmid
The Ni-NTA Spin Kit is intended for molecular biology applications. This product is not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.
Ni-NTA Spin Column purification with the Ni-NTA.
Reproducible automated purification.

The indicated proteins were purified in duplicate under native conditions using Ni-NTA Spin Columns from cleared E. coli cell lysates derived from 5 ml LB cultures either manually or in an automated procedure on the QIAcube. CAT: chloramphenicol acetyl transferase; GFP: Green fluorescent protein; HIV-RT: Human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase; IL-1b: Interleukin-1 beta. M: markers; C: cleared lysate (2 μl loaded per lane); E: elution fraction (3 μl loaded per lane).


Purification at different expression levels.
The 6xHis-tagged mouse DHFR was expressed at the indicated levels in E. coli, purified from 3 ml cultures using the Ni-NTA Spin Kit under denaturing conditions, and eluted in buffer at pH 5.9. Fractions were visualized by Coomassie staining after SDS-PAGE. 5 µl (of each 200 µl eluate) was loaded. 1: cell lysate; 2: flow-through; 3: first eluate; 4: second eluate.
The Ni-NTA Spin Kit is ideal for fast and efficient protein purification (see figure Purification at different expression levels) and also gives highly reproducible performance (see figure Reproducible automated purification).

The QIAexpress Ni-NTA Protein Purification System, including the Ni-NTA Spin Kit, is based on the remarkable selectivity of patented Ni-NTA (nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid) resin for proteins containing an affinity tag of six or more histidine residues - the His tag. This technology allows one-step purification of almost any His-tagged protein from any expression system under native or denaturing conditions. NTA, which has four chelation sites for nickel ions, binds nickel more tightly than metal-chelating purification systems that only have three sites available for interaction with metal ions. The extra chelation site prevents nickel-ion leaching and results in a greater binding capacity and protein preparations with higher purity than those obtained using other metal-chelating purification systems. The QIAexpress system can be used to purify His-tagged proteins from any expression system including baculovirus, mammalian cells, yeast, and bacteria.


The purification of His-tagged proteins consists of 4 steps: cell lysis, binding, washing, and elution (see figure Ni-NTA Spin Column purification with the Ni-NTA). Purification of recombinant proteins using the QIAexpress system does not depend on the 3-dimensional structure of the protein or His tag. This allows one-step protein purification under either native or denaturing conditions, from dilute solutions and crude lysates. Up to 600 μl of a cell lysate are loaded onto a Ni-NTA spin column. A quick 2-minute spin binds the tagged protein to Ni-NTA silica, while most of the untagged proteins flow through. After a wash step, purified protein is eluted under mild conditions (such as pH reduction to 5.9, or addition of 100-500 mM imidazole) in a volume of 100-300 μl. Removal of the His tag is usually unnecessary since it is small and rarely immunogenic. The purified protein is ready for immediate use. Proteins can be purified from multiple small-scale expression cultures in around 30 minutes (manual procedure) or 60 minutes (automated QIAcube procedure). Strong denaturants and detergents can be used for efficient solubilization and purification of receptors, membrane proteins, and proteins that form inclusion bodies. Reagents that allow efficient removal of nonspecifically binding contaminants can be included in wash buffers (see table). Purified proteins are eluted under mild conditions by adding 100-250 mM imidazole as competitor or by a reduction in pH.

Reagents compatible with the Ni-NTA–His interaction
6 M guanidine HCl
8 M urea
2% Triton X-100
2% Tween 20
20 mM β-ME
10 mM DTT
50% glycerol
20% ethanol
2 M NaCl
4 M MgCl2
5 mM CaCl2
≤20 mM imidazole
20 mM TCEP
The reagents listed have been successfully used in concentrations up to those given.

The QIAexpress Ni-NTA Protein Purification System provides reliable, one-step purification of proteins suitable for any application, including:

Structural and functional investigations
Crystallization for determination of three-dimensional structure
Assays involving protein–protein and protein–DNA interactions
Immunization to produce antibodies
Applications Proteomics
Bead size 16–24 µm
Binding capacity Up to 300 µg per spin column
Gravity flow or spin column Spin column
Processing Automated
Scale Small scale
Special feature Up to 95% homogeneity in one step
Start material Cell lysate
Support/matrix Macroporous silica
Tag 6xHis tag

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